Anti-mask county boards undermine Michigan health officials, push them to quit
Political opposition to school masking orders is pitting elected officials against health departments charged with protecting their communities from COVID-19. State law empowers local health departments to issue emergency orders to protect public health during an epidemic. Gillian Conrad, communications manager for the county health department, also announced her intention to resign. Public health officials are stuck between a rock and a hard place, Hughes said. A statewide mandate would help take the pressure off local officials and ensure uniformity across the state, Hughes said.mlive.com
The Beats Go On -- Arts, Beats & Eats reinvented for the pandemic
ROYAL OAK, Mich. An annual Labor Day tradition for so many in Metro Detroit has been reinvented for the pandemic. Arts, Beats & Eats in Royal Oak was cancelled, but there is still a way to support the talented people that participate in the event with The Beats Go On.Technology helps some of it go virtual and the rest of it is in-person, by reservation Labor Day weekend. Food trucks will be cruising and popping up in Oakland County neighborhoods for Eats on your Streets.Festival goers can still enjoy the beats with live music by computer, or in-person. Limited tickets are available online for drive-in concerts in Royal Oak, right off Main Street between Sixth and Seventh streets all holiday weekend from Friday through Monday. More detailed information can be found on the Soaring Eagle Arts, Beats & Eats website here.
The Beat Goes On -- New way to help artists after Arts, Beats & Eats cancellation
ROYAL OAK, Mich. An annual Labor Day tradition for so many in Metro Detroit has been reinvented for the pandemic. Limited tickets are available online for drive-in concerts in Royal Oak, right off Main Street between Sixth and Seventh streets all holiday weekend from Friday through Monday. With donations and ticket sales, this years Arts, Beats & Eats goes a long way to get musical artists back on their feet. You can come to Arts, Beats & Eats or it can come to you -- just stay tuned and stay connected. More detailed information can be found on the Soaring Eagle Arts, Beats & Eats website here.
Ferndale mayor appointed new Oakland County executive after party-line vote
FERNDALE, Mich. - After weeks of partisan battles Oakland County has a new leader. Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter has been appointed the new Oakland County executive. The Oakland County Board of Commissioners voted along party lines, 11-10. Coulter will have to resign as Ferndale mayor before being sworn in as Oakland County executive. A special meeting is set for Monday morning at the Ferndale City Council chambers.
Oakland County executive decision: Follow meeting updates here
PONTIAC, Mich. - The Oakland County Board of Commissioners is meeting Friday to decide who will be the county's next executive. The meeting is streaming live above. Follow updates from the meeting here:Voting is coming down to party lines. Republicans did not want to accept Woodwards letter of resignation when it was read out loud, saying the separation agreement was signed. Dems are basically going to approve whomever they want since they have the majority.
So far, 5 candidates vying to replace L. Brooks Patterson as Oakland County executive
click to enlarge L. Brooks Patterson/FacebookFive people have already applied to replace L. Brooks Patterson as the next Oakland County executive.A three-person committee two Democrats and one Republican will review the applications, which are due at noon Tuesday, and will hold interviews Wednesday in the Commissioners Auditorium in the Oakland County Courthouse (Building 12E) at 1200 N. Telegraph Rd., in Pontiac.The committee is represented by commissioners Marcia Gershenson, D-Bloomfield Township; Gwen Markham, D-Novi; and Thomas F. Middleton, R-Clarkston.Applications are available on the board's website The two biggest names expected to vie for the seat former Oakland County Board of Commissioners Chairman Dave Woodward and Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner have not turned in their applications as of noon Monday.The applicants are: Kevin Howley, a Huntington Woods business executive and Harvard Business School graduate. Kurt Kimmerly, of West Bloomfield, an engineer at Ford Motor Co. Shannon Kryla, of Pontiac, a licensed hearing instrument specialist. Mark Stowers of Royal Oak, a freelance writer. Steven White Jr. of Milford, a health care provider.The board of commissioners, which has 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans, may vote on Patterson's replacement as early as Friday. Commissioners have 30 days to appoint a new county executive after a vacancy. If they can't make a choice by then, a special election will be held.The interim county executive is Gerald Poisson, who had served as deputy county executive under Patterson.Patterson's funeral is Thursday.The Board of Commissioners is committed to working with members of the current administration to preserve L. Brooks Pattersons legacy, board Chief of Staff Chris Ward said in a news release. Our focus will continue to be on leadership, transparency and good government for the people of Oakland County.The process of replacing Patterson has turned uglymetrotimes.com
L. Brooks Patterson's daughter slams Democrats' handling of the county executive's replacement
click to enlarge L. Brooks Patterson/FacebookFormer Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. click to enlarge Oakland CountyOakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner (left) and former Oakland County Board of Commissioners Chairman Dave Woodward. Our father has earned and deserves more respect than this.Patterson, who had been county executive since 1992, died Saturday. Oakland County Board of Commissioners Chairman Dave Woodward resigned Wednesday in hopes of getting appointed to the position. That could lead to an impasse.Also vying for the position is Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner, who has accused Woodward of making backroom deals with Republicans to appoint him as county executive.metrotimes.com
Sketchy plan to quickly appoint L. Brooks Patterson's replacement backfires
click to enlarge Oakland CountyFormer Oakland County Board of Commissioners Chairman Dave Woodward. "Voters, not politicians should choose our elected leaders," Meisner said in a news release Tuesday. "If the Commission must appoint, it should use an open and transparent process that allows for the voice of the people to be heard. "The board is inviting others to apply for county executive, which pays $201,193, on the county's website . Applications were not posted on the site as of Thursday morning.metrotimes.com
Process to replace L. Brooks Patterson's seat gets ugly fast
click to enlarge Oakland CountyOakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner (left) and Oakland County Board of Commissioners Chairman Dave Woodward. The fight to replace Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is getting ugly. But according to the charter, Woodward cannot be considered for the appointment unless he resigns as commissioner. Republicans would then vote in favor of Woodward as county executive. If the commission must appoint, it should use an open and transparent process that allows for the voice of the people to be heard.metrotimes.com